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-- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com nbc bay area news starts now. >> good evening. i'm diane dwyer. the u.s. open golf tournament starts thursday in san francisco, but hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to start showing up tomorrow for practice rounds to watch some of golf's biggest names, including, ah, yes, tiger woods and phil mickelson, to just name a few. nbc bay area's monte francis is in daly city with a look the economic impact is expected to have on the area. hello, monte. >> reporter: diane, good evening. the conservative estimate is the bay area will benefit to the tune of $100 million. that should mean big business for merchant here is in daly
city. we're told that 45,000 golf fans are expected to drive down john daly boulevard each day during the championship. that's a decent fraction of the total 230,000 who are expected to attend the u.s. open, which starts with practice rounds at the olympic club tomorrow. of course, that's going to mean gridlock on roads and freeways. it's also going to mean revenue for local restaurants and hotels. the manager of the boulevard cafe in the westlake area of daly city told us she has already seen an increase in business with media and volunteers coming into town. >> yeah, i think that, you know, this coming into town is going to be great for daly city, and, you know, we've upped staff because we're planning on crazy, crazy schedule. >> now the last time the u.s. open was held in san francisco was back in 1998. so there is a lot of excitement this year. and as for where to park, drivers are being told to park at candlestick park and take a free shuttle bus to the olympic club. for those taking bart, get off at the colma station where you
can also find a free shuttle bus. police are saying not to plan to park anywhere in daly city or near the olympic club because parking restriction also be strictly in force. monte francis, nbc bay area news. >> thanks a lot, monte. state fire officials have issued a warning to be on higher alert. if you hadn't noticed, it was hot today. it's going stay that way for a couple of days. add to that the wind, and this is shaping up to be an early fire season around the bay area. several fires broke out yesterday, this one near the freeway in the south bay. state fire officials say they have already responded to more than 1600 wildfires this year across the state. now that's twice last year's total at this time. and it tops the state's five-year average for this time of year as well. on top of that, california had an unseasonably dry winter. >> we have had an extraordinary number of calls over the last six to eight months. and a lot of that has to do with the fact that our fire season really from 2011 really extended well into 2012.
and other than a respite in the months of march and april, we've pretty much been watching the weather and kind of seen a lot of the fire conditions throughout the wintertime. >> of course, the real busy season for wildfires in the bay area does not come until late summer, and then of course early fall. right now we want to check in with rob mayeda on the weather around here on what we can expect for the next couple days. >> diana, it does still look like we're on our way to some of the hottest weather of this hot spell, coming up as we get back to workweek. outside nothing but sunshine. the late day sea breeze more typical of a late summer day. the clear skies there. wind now blowing in out of the west. and our temperatures, even with the sea breeze still 78 degrees in san francisco. 77 in oakland. and lack at the numbers inland. we're talking mid 80s to still some low 90s as we get out towards fairfield south around gilroy. inland primarily out of the north, it's really helped to drop our humidity levels down into the single digits and
teens. this is the reason why. tonight and at least until tomorrow morning, the north and east bay hills and parts of the south bay hills east of highway 101 will be under a red flag warning due to the dry and breezy conditions. and don't be surprised tonight that the ac keeps running as by tomorrow morning you'll be waking up to 60s and 70s for morning low temperatures on our way to the hottest day of the week. we'll let you know how toasty it's going get for your neighborhood coming up the full forecast in a few minutes. >> thank you, rob. in the bay area, dozens of people spent this morning pitching in to clean up the beaches. and on our rural oceans day, a series of beach cleanups started today at aquatic park in san francisco. dozens of volunteers picked up trash near the shoreline. it was part of the 34th annual america's cup healthy oceans project. >> a lot of the trash that you see on the beach is really small. even if you can't see it from far away, there is going to be a lot of trash. and we've been encouraging people to not just clean up along the beach, but also along the street and in the park.
>> volunteers found everything, including the kitchen sink. quite literally there on the beach. the america's cup, by the way, is scheduled to be held in san francisco in september of 2013. oakland is looking to increase its police force after years of downsizing. that city announced it is now accepting applications for men and women looking to enter law enforcement. over the past few years, budget cuts forced oakland police to shrink its staff from 840 officers a few years ago to about 650 now. now police leaders say there are enough funds to put together two new academies. the department expects to train 55 new officers in august, and another group later in the year. so is the new tower of the new span of the bay bridge safe? news executives at the sacramento bee say they have proof there are defects in the construction. and caltrans officials say they have proof that the newspaper is wrong and are demanding the sacramento bee retract the story. the paper reported two weeks ago
that it found records of a defect in the foundation of that tower. caltrans officials say that's simply not true, and that every part of the span's foundation passed three rigorous safety tests, and quote, every aspect of that bridge has been tested, checked, and rechecked multiple times. in response, the bee's executive editor said caltrans has not been specific with its objections to the story, and has refused to talk to the paper on the record. so as of right now, the bee is standing by its claims. for the first time in four years, caltrain is adding service and holding off on nearly all fare hikes. "the mercury news" reports that caltrain has extra funds because of a spike in riders. the added train schedules are due to start running up and down the peninsula starting in september. the six new trains will provide trains every half hour instead of every hour between 9:00 and 10:00 in the morning and in the afternoon as well as provide a
few express trains between 4:30 and 6:30 in the afternoon. the only fare hike is a 25 cent increase for riders who still use paper tickets. it's a downward trend that most people in the bay area are probably happy about. gas prices are going down. nationwide, the average price of a gallon of gas has dropped 16 cents over the past few weeks. it's currently $3.62. doesn't that sound terrific? as always, prices here in the bay area are much higher than the national average. but they too are falling just a little bit. in san francisco a gallon of regular gas now costs $4.25 on average. that is five cents less than a month ago. in san jose, the average is $4.15 a gallon, an eight-cent drop. and in oakland a gallon is going 4.16. industry experts say lower crude prices are the reason for the drop. one other interesting note for the first time in a long time, san francisco does not have the highest prices in the continental united states. that honor goes to bellingham,
washington, at 4.31 a gallon. a bay area olympian has a chance to represent usa in london, but he won't be working the rings or uneven bars. we'll explain that. and tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the great escape from alcatraz. today hundreds of athletes competed in the annual swim from the rock. and some have some pretty inspiring stories to tell. plus, a rare sea creature has emerged south o . ewe'l ygive lou ak.oo we'll give you a look. mom? hmm? what does your esophagus look like? let's look it up after school. here. thanks, anita. eww.
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just north of monterey, some curious creatures are keeping marine biologists busy. a large number of slimy and strange looking sea creatures are popping up along the shore. and tom miller from our sister station in monterey had a chance to get a good look at them. >> reporter: with some of the lowest tides of the year, things are noticeably different on the water in elkhorn slough. yes, the usual sea life and its admirers are here, but so is this. >> isn't that gigantic? that's a snail. >> reporter: the sea hare is making a rare appearance. >> look at the size of that. so that's a gastropod. part of the mollusk family, but it doesn't have a shell.
>> reporter: in the past few years this eelgrass has been growing and expanding in the slough, and with it have come the sea hares. it's allowed researchers to study them in areas they haven't seen before. typically the grass isn't showing. but with exceptionally low tides, the sea hares are exposed. it's the first time ron ebbe has ever seen them there. >> certainly the biggest i've ever seen. >> reporter: just how big? we got out the tape measure. yeah, 27 inches. that's a big snail. >> that's a big snail. >> reporter: this one is just three inches short of the largest sea hare ever measured. they don't always love being handled. when ron spooked it, the slug shot out purple ink. >> that's an alarm reaction, just the same as an octopus does. what they do when they get alarmed like that or get scared, then they'll shoot out that ink. >> reporter: so ron put it back in its natural habitat, where the previously hidden and
unusual sea creature will live out its life, likely never to be seen again. >> again, that was tom miller reporting. and coming up at 6:00, what really happened to the three inmates who escaped from the rock? 50 years later, a woman who knew two of them well claims they are still alive. and she wants to make a statement on the 50th anniversary tomorrow of the great escape. and there was really no escaping our summer-like temperatures all around the bay area today. we had 80s and a lot of 90s showing up. if you thought today was warm, tomorrow is going to be even hotter. we'll show you just how hot in your forecast when we r graduate, now that your journey begins,
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student from fremont will be living his dream to make it to the olympics, but it wasn't just as he planned. instead of competing, he'll be carrying the olympic flame for team usa. nbc bay area's kimberly tere is in fremont today with more for us. hello, kimberly. >> reporter: hello, diane. he had big olympic dreams of his own, as you just mentioned not so long ago. in fact, he was a competitive gymnast himself and had to give up his dreams and his love for his sport after suffering an injury at the age of 12. now at the age of 19, he has a chance to fulfill his dreams of being a part of the olympics, running as a torch bearer. >> i was in complete shock. i remember finding out. it was the morning right before classes. i physically went to classes, but i mentally wasn't there because there was so much on my mind. i was looking forward to so much. i just couldn't believe it. >> reporter: he was nominated by peers and chosen by coca-cola to participate in this, mostly because of his dedication to his
community. the mission san jose graduate, who had served as student body president and class valedictorian also cofounded two nonprofit organizations, one that taught hundreds of senior citizens how to navigate the internet. another that provides educational supply for students from low income families. right now he is studying at uc berkeley to receive degrees in computer science and business administration. so a very busy young man. he has never been to europe, so he is very excited to go. they plan on staying two weeks and he'll be running the torch exactly one month from today in and ov andover, which is close to oxford. >> very exciting for him. thank you, kimberly. the countdown continues. there are 46 days until the olympic summer games. and of course you can catch all the action right here on nbc bay area. you can also get complete information about the olympics on our website at nbcbayarea.com.
and right now i want to check in with rob mayeda on the weather and the forecast, which is pretty interesting. >> it is pretty interesting. pretty warm outside. while maybe not an olympic event early this morning, i had the pleasure at being out at a 5 k walk-run in saratoga, benefitting the lupus foundation of northern california. riley was the official mascot there you see executive director renee with the lupus foundation in california. a great turnout. it was warm in saratoga at the west valley college. but you can see a lot of folks having a great time for a great cause. lupus offers educational resources for people who know people who have lupus. so again, a nice event in the south bay today. temperatures out there were plenty hot, especially in san jose, livermore, and fairfield. we're talking low 90s. when we get the north winds outside, this is compressional warming of the air. it's like having a hair dryer
outside. if you take the hair dryer about 3,000 feet, about halfway down to sea level it warms up 8 to 9 degrees. you drop it down from near 80 degrees temperatures to upper 80s closer to sea level, and even at night with the wind out of the north, we'll continue to see very low humidity levels and temperatures in the 60s and 70s in the hill. that's the reason why we have the red flag warning all the way into monday morning. temperatures outside right now. they'll stay pretty warm. still 80s, maybe near 90 in some of the inland spots through another hour or so. even though the sea breeze is starting to cool off san francisco and oakland, we don't have really anything of a deep marine layer or any low clouds on the coast that is the ocean air conditioning. we typically expect this time of year. instead high pressure and the northerly winds really drying things out and warming things up around the bay area. tomorrow morning maybe just a wisp of clouds out here. maybe fog underneath the golden gate bridge. compressed areas around san francisco. but other than, that cloud-free. and tomorrow looks like we're
setting up for the warmest day of the week as we'll see temperatures in some spots, maybe even some mid-90s. 50s and 60s overnight. it's going toake some time to cool off. in fact, your ac may be rung overnight in many spots in our inland valleys. tomorrow we're seeing highs in the mid-90s out by the tri-valley. and into the inner bay, still some 80s outside. so a warm day. and then tuesday is when the sea breeze is going to try to fight back. but we're still going to have 90s inland at least another day into tuesday. wednesday the cooling starts to reach our inland valleys. so 70s and 80s inland. as the u.s. open rolls to town and father's day coming up next weekend, the weather looks great. a little warmer than average. but 80s and 90s inland. comfortable 60s and 70s out here at the coast. pretty nice forecast. >> i love that forecast. thank you, rob. still to come, an enduring mystery. tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the famous escape from alcatraz when three inmates vanished. on the anniversary, a relative says she wants to set the record straight about what she says ally happened.al
tomorrow marks the 50th anniversary of the famed escape from alcatraz. but what happened to three inmates after they made it beyond the prison walls still remains a mystery. and now the sister of some of those inmates says she plans to go to the island on the anniversary tomorrow to set the record straight and get back some of her brothers'
belongings. on june 11th, 1962, brothers clarence and john anglin escaped from alcatraz prison, along with a third inmate, frank morris. officials say a raft made of rubber raincoats was found near angel island in the san francisco bay, but the fugitives, well, they were never found. they insist the three men drowned during the escape attempt. but a sister of clarence and john says she knows they made it out, and she insists they are still alive today. she says she hopes to get some of her brothers personal items, which are still on display in the alcatraz museum. the brothers were in prison for robbing a bank. >> the only reason they put them in alcatraz is because they could not keep them anywhere else they put them. they kept getting away, getting away. >> if they survive and are still alive, all three men would be in their 80s. let's bring in damon andrew of comcast sportsnet for a look at sports. a little alcatraz stuff going on there too. what is up, damon?
>> a lot of alcatraz going on in the newscast today. hey, diane, you know it may really be time to freak out. another rough time for tim lincecum today. also, it's one of the toughest tests in the world. twho teako alcatraz? find out, ahead. must be nice, cheering on team usa from the shallow end. back in '08, we didn't have these u-verse wireless receivers that let you move the tv around wherever. no siree, bob. who's bob? and if you didn't have a tv outlet, well then you couldn't watch diddly-squat.
you talk a lot. you have no idea how good you have it. that's not working. [ grunts ] [ male announcer ] get a wireless receiver in time for the olympic games. get u-verse tv for $25 a month with free hd for six months. rethink possible. welcome to the xfinity sports desk there was a song out in the late '60s called "i fought fourth the law and the law one." the freak facing the top offense in the american league, and the finale of the giants interleague set against the lawman from texas. we take you there. rangers/giants rubber match. three-game set. tim lincecum trying to end his seven-game winless streak. it would not happen. 1-0, bases loaded. ian kinsler. rangers top of the six, hamilton feeling footloose, doubled to
right. robbie roth. elvis andrus scores. lincecum with his seventh loss of the season, just going 5 2/3, giving up five earned. giants muster,ut b lose three hits and lose, 5-0. texas takes the series. a's trying to avoid the sweep. >> i'm not questioning things, obviously. so just i've always talked about getting back to that confidence and trusting your stuff and not questioning it. and that's all i can do. >> as mentioned, a's trying to avoid the sweep in arizona. top of the fourth, 3-1 d-backs. donaldson singles to left. brandon ends coming in. knocked the ball out of henry blanco's glove. bottom of the fifth, jason kubel singles to center. chris young scores. 4-2 diamondbacks. the a's get swept in three by the finals of 4-3 in the arizona desert. to golf. st. jude classic.
dustston johnson looking good. 17th hole, johnson makes the birdie putt. 18th hole. power forward. dustin johnson wins his sixth career title after shooting a 4 under 66 today. of course, that heads us into the u.s. open, which starts this thursday. all four rounds on nbc bay area thursday through sunday. in the u.s. open report thursday and friday at 2:00 p.m. following nbc's complete coverage every night at 6:00 and 10:30, starting monday also on sportsnet central, only on comcast sportsnet bay area. the escape from alcatraz triathlon went off this morning featuring some of the most talented competitors in the country. as brodie brazil showed us, the field also had its great share of stories. >> reporter: compared to what he has been through in real life, jumping off a boat and swimming from alcatraz to the shore is nothing for kieran mccammen. it was a paragliding incident in
2006 where the pleasanton resident struck high voltage power lines upon landing. >> it was a near fatal accident. the doctors, i don't know, i don't think any of the doctors know how i could short electricity through the body without it stopping the heart, without it basically frying other parts of the internal organs. >> reporter: the accident did, however, force kieran to have most of his left arm amputated. it took several years, but ultimately, the uk native had a revelation. >> i've survived. you know, i've survived the accident. i've got to the point where i've recovered. and then i just -- i don't know, there is manage that kind of kicked in and said i don't want to just survive, i want to thrive. i really want to take this to the next level. >> reporter: so he decided to get in to triathlons. >> i want to do it so i can help inspire other people. and just say hey, crazy or not for doing though thing, he's only got one hand. if he can do it, why can't i.
>> reporter: hard to believe kieran's story is just one of many amazing journeys among this year's competition. >> we've got men and women returning from overseas combat duty, and they're racing out here as well. you got 60 and 70-year-old men and women out here doing it. you've got people that have lost hundreds of pounds of body fat. it's hard to make up an excuse why you can't do this race when you see these guys doing it, bringing it like only they can. >> reporter: in 29 years, as a maximum security prison, it is believed that nobody ever successfully escaped alcatraz. however, today 2200 athletes can say they accomplished just that with more than 20,000 spectators watching on. in san francisco, brodie brazil, nbc bay area sports. >> all right. that's going to do it for sports. thank you, brodie. diane, back to you. >> thanks, damon. kind of funny that we did that story and we were talking earlier about the sisters who